ME nixes contract with Metrc, opens bids for marijuana seed-to-sale software

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Maine is withdrawing its $150,000 contract with Florida-based Franwell – the maker of cannabis seed-to-sale tracking software Metrc – because the state is concerned the deal could draw a challenge that results in a delay of recreational marijuana sales.

The state’s new Office of Marijuana Policy said it now will seek competitive bids for tracking services by releasing a request for proposals. The ROP has not yet been developed.

Weeks after ending its contract with a consulting firm hired to help draft the state’s rules for recreational marijuana sales, Maine announced in February it had selected Metrc to track the growth and distribution of marijuana products.

Metrc went live in January as California’s traceability system.

– Associated Press and Marijuana Business Daily